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Moving to A New House - Some Green Moving House Tips
Moving to a new house need not be a nightmare!
If you are moving to a new house, as everyone knows, the experience can be fraught with difficulties and stresses as you try to sort your priorities and keep procedures orderly.
Sometimes the last thing on your mind is saving carbon or keeping to a green living plan - but it needn't be that way!
Here are a few green moving house tips to help you both be more efficient and conserve energy. Some of these green moving house tips will also save you a bit of money, too. This article is written with US readers particularly in mind but most of the points made could apply to anyone anywhere in the developed world who is facing moving house in the near future.
Guest article thanks to Uship.com
Green moving house tips to save on stress and energy Are you preparing for a major move?
When you're considering moving, perhaps the environmental impact of your move is not the first thing on your mind. Moving is stressful, its time consuming, and it's not what most people would describe as a "fun time".
However, with most Americans moving on average every five years, and over 40 million house moves each summer, the environmental impact adds up quick.
While not moving would surely be the simplest solution, it is simply not practical in most situations, so what can you do to have a successful move, while keeping your conscience green and clear?
Moving to a new house: Move fewer things
Over the years, even the most thrifty and organized people tend to accumulate lots of things. While material possessions are necessary, take your move as an opportunity to see what you could live without.
You can get rid of this unneeded stuff by donating it to local charities, or selling it in a yard sale or online. By getting rid of things you don't need, you can save money, time, and more importantly lower the fuel consumption of your moving vehicle.
You should also try to see what is easily replaceable and what absolutely has to be moved. Because of their size and weight, appliances can be very expensive to move, and in some cases, buying a new energy efficient washer, dryer, or refrigerator at your destination can end up saving you money in the long term, and be a big help to the environment.
Do a quick cost/benefit analysis, and see if this is the opportunity you've been looking for to get rid of that old energy hog and upgrade to more environmentally-friendly household appliances.
Moving to a new house: Packing boxes and packing peanuts
Instead of buying new cardboard boxes to store your items for the move, go get used ones for free. Retail stores big and small will often have an excess of boxes that they are willing to give away on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some restaurants that get large deliveries of food, or college cafeterias and fraternity houses may also be able to supply you with their excess cardboard boxes. Make sure to only use the ones that still have good structura...